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NTRD FY2004 Projects Selected for Funding

Demonstrate and Assess the Air Quality Benefits of Implementing New Air Pollutant Emission Reduction Technology.


FY 2004 Funding Period

Request for Grant Applications
Solicitation No. 582-4-65591
Issued February 17, 2004—Closed March 31, 2004

Grants for Projects for Identification, Evaluation, and Research of New Technology and
the Deployment of Technologies that Improve the Environment

Projects Selected for Funding

Application
Number

Entity Name

Entity Contact

Grant Project Description

Grant Amount

Project Reports

2004-1-002N

Catalytica Energy Systems, Inc.

Troy Kinney

Development testing of a retrofit device [Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)] for on-road engines, with claims of 50 percent NOx reductions. Funding requested for conducting preliminary emissions tests and the collection of field use data needed to determine durability and applicability of this device for use on heavy-duty vehicle applications.

$331,579  

Oct 2004
Nov 2004
Dec 2004
Jan 2005
Feb 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
Final Report

2004-1-003N

University of Texas

Dr. Benny D. Freeman

Development of novel polymeric membrane materials that have high H2 permeability, high H2/CO and H2/CO2 selectivities, and high thermal stability in order to reduce the cost of high-purity H2 production needed for advancing the development of fuel cell technology.

$389,740  

Feb 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Nov 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
June 2006
Task 1-7, Final

2004-1-008N

University of Texas

Dr. David T. Allen

Study on ozone transportation will add six ozone monitors at strategic locations in east and north Texas to measure background levels during the 2005–2006 field study. The information collected could be used to support a 126 petition requesting another state to reduce pollution, to evaluate the effectiveness of controls in place in Texas, and to determine transport within the state. The study proposes to have the temporary monitors in place for several months. Many of the locations proposed have never had ozone monitors. The placement of the monitors will not have a regulatory impact on attainment status due to the limited duration of the study.

$353,268  

Jan. 2005
Feb. 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Final Report
App 1
App 2

2004-1-016N

Power Research Inc.

Wanda E. Lewis

Verification of a diesel fuel additive. The results of this testing could be submitted to the TCEQ as a request for approval of the PRI-D treated diesel as an alternative diesel formulation to be considered equivalent to Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED).

$50,224  

April 2005
June 2005
Sept 2005
Dec 2005
Final Report

2004-1-024N

HydroFuels Systems, Inc.

Steve McFarland

Verification of a retrofit device (Aqua Vapor System) for on-road engines, which uses water injection to lower NOx emissions for on-road vehicles.

$652,125  

Expired without Action

2004-1-031N

Converter Technology Incorporated (CTI)

Refaat (Ray) Kammel

Verification of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System with claims of 70 percent NOx reductions.

$671,564  

Texas Market Assessment
Aug - Oct 2004
Nov 2004
Jan 2005
Feb 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
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June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4
Task 5
Task 6
Task 7
Task 10 Final Report

2004-1-032N

ROTEC Design Ltd.

Mark D. Stefl

Verification of a retrofit device (FreedomAir) with claims of 65 percent NOx reduction.

$354,600  

May - Aug 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006

2004-1-045N

GE Rail

Ed Lu

Verification of a locomotive rebuild from Tier 0 to Tier 2. The final development and certification of a low NOx retrofit (rebuilt) system to be deployed on Switcher locomotives equipped with EMD 645E engines will be performed. The objective is to achieve EPA Tier 2 NOx levels on EMD Switcher locomotives; a reduction of approximately 42 percent of the Tier 0 level and 50 percent of non-regulated locomotives could be achieved.

$369,000  

Oct - Dec 2004
Feb 2005
March 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Final Report

2004-1-049N

Eaton Corporation

Dennis Szulczewski

Development of hydraulic hybrid technology for on-road vehicles. Concept of technology is proven on light-duty trucks. This system is targeted at class 2B through Class 8 commercial vehicles.

$666,815  

Sept - Oct 2004
Dec 2004
Jan 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4, 5, Final Report

2004-1-053N

Cummins West, Inc. dba Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls

Tom Swenson, P.E.

Verification testing as well as advanced product development tests on the Lonestar system.

$1,200,000  

Oct 2004
Nov 2004
Dec 2004
Jan 2005
Feb 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1

2004-1-054N

EnviroFuels, LP

Mark Lay

Verification of a diesel fuel additive for locomotives. EPA verification test of EnviroFuels’ BlueMarble Diesel Fuel Catalyzer for locomotives. If verified this fuel could be used to lower NOx emissions from locomotive engines.

$65,887 

Verification Statement
Verification Report
Oct 2004
Nov 2004
Dec 2004
Jan 2005
Feb 2005
March 2005
April 2005

2004-1-057N

ORYXE Energy International, Inc.

Chris Jordan

Verification of OR-D2 (fuel additive) using a test protocol approved by the TCEQ and the EPA.

$179,211 

Final Report

2004-1-058N

Oshkosh Truck Corporation

Gary Schmiedel

Development of a hybrid refuse collection vehicle. Funding is for the construction of a refuse collection vehicle incorporating a hybrid electric drive train and an automated side loader body.

$560,028  

Award Declined by Grantee

2004-1-063N

Texas Engineering Experiment Station

Dr. Kalyan Annamalai

Development of a Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction for coal fired power plants using a novel fuel called feedlot biomass (or cow manure) as reburn fuel since it contains N as urea which is released as NH3. Thus it can serve both as reburn fuel and as a SNCR agent. Initial results show 80–90 percent reduction of NOx.

$326,607  

April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4
Task 5

2004-1-068N

Lubrizol Corporation

John Gemmell

Verification testing of PuriNOx fuel with DOC (Purimuffler) after treatment devices to lower NOx and PM emissions.

$320,000  

Sept - Oct 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
Aug 2006
Final Report

NTRD Program Disclaimers

1. Disclaimer of Endorsement:

The posting herein of progress reports and final reports provided to the TCEQ by its NTRD Grant Agreement recipients does not necessarily constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the TCEQ or the State of Texas. The views and opinions expressed in said reports do not necessarily state or reflect those of the TCEQ or the State of Texas, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

2. Disclaimer of Liability:

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